Weaning diarrhea in kittens: What you should know, what you can do!

By: Emmanuel Fontaine DVM, MSc, PhD, Dipl ECAR

Technical Service Veterinarian – Royal Canin Canada

Weaning diarrhea in kittens is something I am often asked about, certainly because this is a really common syndrome observed in feline breeding units. To tell the truth, it is almost normal to see softer kittens’ stools at weaning. These individuals are indeed transitioning from milk to solid food while their digestive tract and enzymatic capacities have not reached yet their full abilities. The goal is therefore to decrease as much as possible the severity of these symptoms, since young kittens affected with a gastro-intestinal disease can quickly become dehydrated.  

What can be done then?

First thing, according to me, is to have an idea of the risk factors that can be found in your breeding structure: 

 

Then know the appropriate measures to take to face those different risk factors:


 Feeding management can play a key role here in decreasing the severity of the clinical symptoms.
I know that there are plenty of different weaning recipes that are used in the  field, but in case you run into an issue have a look at “my” recipe, it’s worth trying it believe me!